Colorado Springs, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the nation, received national exposure Monday night on ABC News.
Sadly, the report was less than flattering.
The city is “taking budget cutting to a whole new level,” World News anchor Diane Sawyer said.
The police helicopters are for sale, she explained.
Evening and weekend bus service is being eliminated, she said.
A third of the city’s streetlights are being turned off, she reported.
“No more trash cans in city parks, and residents are being asked to bring their own lawnmowers if they want the lawns trimmed in the park,” Sawyer said.
“But there may not be much to trim,” she added. “Water is being cut off to the parks, too.”
City spokeswoman Sue Skiffington-Blumberg said she didn’t think the report was embarrassing.
“Why should we be embarrassed about the state of our economy and the very difficult decisions that we’re having to make?” she asked.
“It would be disingenuous for us to pretend that we aren’t in a bad situation,” she added.
The report was accurate, Skiffington-Blumberg said.
“Everything they reported is a fact,” she said. “If they were trying to make us look bad for entertainment value, that’s one thing. But these things that they reported on were accurate. Does that make me happy? No. It makes me very sad, but it is true.”
But does the report reflect badly on the city, which received accolades as recently as October?
“I think it’s sad is what it is,” Skiffington-Blumberg said. “But I don’t think we’re the only community facing these kinds of things. There’s libraries being boarded up in other communities. That can’t be a proud moment for them.”
True, but they weren’t featured on national TV.